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Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships


The Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program is nurturing a new generation of serious and enterprising journalists. This prestigious, year-long program allows writers early in their careers to pursue projects they otherwise would be unable to research and report. There are three tiers to the program: Fellowships provide up to $35,000 in grant money and expense assistance. Full Fellowships, which require that recipients devote their full-time efforts to their project, provide up to $75,000. Alumni Fund Fellowships, supported by donations from Novak Fellows past and present, provide support for recipients to write one in-depth, major essay on their topic.

Newly selected Novak Fellowship recipients are announced each year at the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards Dinner. More than 200 prominent journalists and guests attend this annual event to celebrate the best in American journalism. Proceeds from the evening support the Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship and the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship programs.

The evening also honors annual recipients of the Thomas L. Phillips Career Achievement Award, and the Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Outstanding Journalism.

Meet Our 2018 Novak Fellows

Robert Novak’s Legacy

American journalist Robert Novak provided the inspiration for this program in 1994 as a way to nurture a new generation of responsible journalists. The program was renamed in Mr. Novak’s honor following his passing in 2009. Today, the Novak Program has awarded 141 fellowships to promising young journalists who are climbing the ranks as groundbreaking reporters, editors, editorial page writers, columnists and authors.

As a young journalist, I was thrilled when I got a job as a researcher for a New York Times op-ed columnist. But I worried about finding the time and energy to do my own research, reporting and writing. A part-time Novak Journalism Fellowship provided the motivation – and resources – for me to keep working under my own byline while I labored behind the scenes at the Times.”
– Katherine Mangu-Ward (Novak 05)
Editor-in-Chief of Reason

Novak Fellows include Steve Hayes (AIPES 94, Novak 00) of Fox News, Katherine Mangu-Ward (Novak 05) of Reason, Mollie Hemingway (Novak 04) of Fox News and The Federalist and Tim Carney (Novak 03) of the Washington Examiner.


Novak Fellows News


Liberty + Leadership News: June 20, 2019

We hope you enjoy these top news stories about TFAS activities, alumni and events this week. Please visit us on social media for additional up-to-the-moment TFAS news and information and sign up for our newsletter to receive weekly updates.   Sen. Rand…

Journalists and Supporters Gather to Celebrate the Continued Legacy of Robert Novak and Ken Tomlinson

It was an evening that connected “the past with the present for the sake of the future.” That’s how TFAS President Roger Ream ’76 aptly opened the 2019 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Alumni Dinner on Thursday, May 9, at the National…

Applications Now Open for 2019-20 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. This prestigious fellowship awards up to $75,000 for journalists to undertake enterprising and ground-breaking writing projects that…

Applications Open for Second Annual Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship

Aspiring journalists have the unique opportunity to work in a fully-funded internship at The Wall Street Journal’s editorial team thanks to a special partnership between The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), The Journal and the family of the late journalist,…

25th Annual Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards Dinner Gives Hope for Future of Journalism

“Encouraging,” “inspirational,” “giving hope for the future” –  these were the words ringing throughout the Metropolitan Club of New York as we concluded the 25th Annual Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards Dinner on Sept. 27, 2018. WATCH…

TFAS to Announce First Joseph Rago Fellowship Recipient at 25th Annual Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards Dinner

This Thursday, Sept. 27, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) will announce the first recipient of a Fellowship honoring the late Wall Street Journal editorial writer Joseph Rago at the 25th Annual Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Awards Dinner. Elliot Kaufman…

Novak Fellow Robby Soave Extols Virtues of Debate and Free Speech to TFAS Students

When debate dies, who loses? Robby Soave (Novak 17), associate editor at and 2017 TFAS Robert Novak Journalism Fellow, tackled this question during the first TFAS all-institute lecture of our 2018 U.S. Summer Programs. Pulling from his experience…

Introducing the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Award Recipients

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is pleased to announce the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship award recipients. Our 2018 Fellows are Tim Alberta (Novak 18) of Politico Magazine, Christine Emba (Novak 18) of The Washington Post, Curt Mills (Novak 18)…

TFAS Announces Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism

The Fund for American Studies is proud to announce the creation of the Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism. The fellowship is named in honor of Joseph Rago, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal who died…

Seeking Applicants for $35,000 to $75,000 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. The Novak Fellowship Program awards fellowships of $35,000 for working journalists and up to $75,000 for journalists who make their…